Originally Posted by SVTarHeel
I use my DVD recorder exclusively to record movies and TV shows that I want to archive from my DVR. About 10 days ago, I got a read error and my heart almost stopped. It turned out to be a bad disc - I've made a dozen or so good DVDs since then. But that did start me to thinking about a possible plan B for the future.
I occasionally use the 1, 2 & 4 hour presets but most DVDs are made using the flexible record function. Digado said "Magnavox recorders offer a better selection of recording modes than Toshiba recorders" - do those modes compare to the Panasonics?
I'm wondering if I'll need to bite the bullet in the future to secure a spare Panasonic or if another manufacturer might have a better/usable solution for my specific task.
Thanks for all the helpful info here.
Comparing "picture quality" is a subjective matter that one must determine on one's own.
Post-2004 Panasonics maintain full resolution out to the LP (four hour per DVD) recording mode whereas Funai manufactured recorders maintain full resolution out to the SP (two hour per DVD) recording mode. But, what constitutes "picture quality" largely depends upon the quality of the source material fed through line inputs or received through the NTSC, ATSC and clear QAM tuners. (In my opinion my Magnavox HDD/DVD recorder ATSC and clear QAM tuners are better
than those in the Panasonic EZ series recorders.) With my Panasonic ES, EH, EA or EZ series recorders I generally don't use recording modes of lesser quality than LP--or close to same LP four hour program content--when using Flexible Recording.
Panasonic's EZ series recorders (from the 2007-2011 model years) are full of bugs and design flaws, especially the VHS/DVD combo recorder models. These problematic EZ series recorders have been discussed in some detail in these pages. It's best to avoid Panasonic EZ series recorders.
With my post-2006 Funai recorders I generally find very good picture quality with the SP two hour per DVD recording mode and good enough picture quality with the SPP 2.5 hour and LP three hour per DVD recording modes. These recording modes are entirely satisfactory for my use. Funai manufactured recorders do not offer a flexible recording feature.